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UNION COUNTY — It would be an understatement to say that kids endured a lot of heartache this past year, with COVID-19 being responsible for canceling a lot of fun, including sporting events, proms and family vacations.

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UNION COUNTY — More than 43% of the adult population in North Carolina has been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, which is nearly double the percentage within Union County, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The percentage of the state’s a…

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MONROE — On Friday afternoon (May 7), employees of Union County Health and Human Services were treated to a surprise Care Caravan. The Caravan included members of law enforcement, firefighters and emergency management service who paraded around the building located on Concord Avenue with the…

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At its May 4 meeting, the Union County Board of Education (BOE) recognized Forest Hills High School senior Trinity LeGrand with the John H. Crowder Service Award for May.

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Three students from Union County Public Schools (UCPS) have been selected for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Layah Clinton, Kabir Dewan and Hudson Shank were among the 36 Morehead-Cain Scholars chosen from North Carolina. A total of 76 were selected from the world.

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UNION COUNTY — The state of North Carolina has now reached half of its adult population who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 50.01% of the state’s population who are 18 or older have received at least one shot, through May 5.

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MONROE — Nearly a year since local organizations and faith groups organized a Unity March in downtown Monroe following the death of George Floyd — a victim of police brutality — the Enquirer-Journal reached out to Bishop Osco E. Gardin, Jr., of Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church (503 Mauric…

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UNION COUNTY — Atrium Health Union hospital celebrated Nurses Week this week by recognizing the hard work and effort nurses put into caring for their patients.

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UNION COUNTY — Nearly a month has passed since Governor Roy Cooper announced all adults 18 or older were eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. During the period of April 8 to May 4, 16,764 in the county received at least one dose of the vaccine, or an average slightly over 620 per day. The total …

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UNION COUNTY — With restrictions on outdoor masks lifted last Friday, the state continues to watch trends with COVID cases and progress on vaccinations. Across North Carolina, 7,300,216 doses of the vaccine has been administered with 49.6% of the adult population in the state having received…

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MONROE — For the second time since the pandemic started, A Few Good Men, Inc., will be supporting local citizens in the area. The nonprofit organization announced it has partnered with Food Lion on Sunset Drive to distribute Food Lion gift cards, valued at $100, to residents of a Newtown/Win…

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UNION COUNTY — Union County Public Schools (UCPS) announced Porter Ridge Elementary teacher Hannah Park is the school system’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. Recognized alongside Park was her colleague from Porter Ridge High School, Dylan Chavis, who was named the 2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year.

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MONROE — The Monroe City Council is considering a 3-cent property tax hike, money needed to fund road repairs and a new fire station

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Temporary lane closure on Concord Ave. starting May 10

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UNION COUNTY — State trends and vaccination progress led Governor Roy Cooper to end restrictions on outdoor mask wearing and increase the limits on gatherings, an executive order that went into effect on Friday (Apr. 30). Across North Carolina, 7,167,631 doses of the vaccine has been adminis…

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UNION COUNTY — At the April 13 Union County Board of Education (BOE) regular meeting, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Committee) presented findings about diversity within the school district along with recommendations for improvement.

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UNION COUNTY — Over the past week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has reported an additional 3,189 individuals who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot in Union County. The total number to be partially vaccinated in the county is now 62,8…

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COVID-19 vaccine clinic held Thursday

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Red Can Media, a digital marketing and video production company based in Union County, recently learned its short documentary “Sheltered” is an “Official Selection” for the 2021 Longleaf Film Festival.

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MONROE — The Union County Alumnae Chapter (UCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. announced it had presented six debutantes at its April 10 cotillion program. UCAC’s hosted the honorees, their parents and chapter members for its seventh annual event through a virtual format themed for 202…

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RALEIGH — Monday night Gov. Roy Cooper delivered his third State of the State address. The speech highlighted North Carolinians’ resilience throughout the pandemic and called for legislators to work together to help the state rebuild by expanding Medicaid, raising teacher pay, investing in w…

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WAXHAW — Holding back tears and emotion, Fire Chief Greg Sharpe, announced the passing of Captain Ronald McGarvey who died on Monday, April 26.

According to a social media post from Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, McGarvey’s death was “sudden.” It happened at around 8 a.m. while he was on his way home after work. A deputy with the Union County Sheriff’s Office “initiated care” and Waxhaw Fire Department rendered aid.

“Despite their best efforts, crews were unable to revive Captain McGarvey,” the social media post read. McGarvey died at Atrium Health Waxhaw later that day.

Sharpe shared that crews initially thought McGarvey was the first to arrive at the emergency situation. They were “shocked” to learn it was he who needed help.

McGarvey served the Waxhaw Fire Department for 18 years starting as a volunteer firefighter, Sharpe said. Then he served as an EMT before being promoted to Captain.

“He was one of those you could depend on,” Sharpe said.

“He gave everything he had to his community. He’d want us to press on,” Sharpe said, “He was selfless. He didn’t expect you to say thank you.

Captain McGarvey’s death will be considered a Line of Duty Death.

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There is neither a requirement for identification nor proof of residency when getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Also, the vaccines are free, Dr. Ashley Perrott said when answering the most common questions people have about vaccinations.

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UNION COUNTY — Governor Roy Cooper announced last week the state may soon see a lifting of COVID-19 emergency rules if vaccination trends remain positive. Cooper said the lift could come on June 1.

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UNION COUNTY — 25.4% of the county’s total population is now at least partially vaccinated against the coronawvirus (COVID-19), according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS).

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On Wednesday (April 21), Gov. Roy Copper signed into law legislation introduced by N.C. Rep. David Willis (R-Union) to recognize April 24th each year as “Wounded Heroes Day” in North Carolina. The new law was inspired, in part, by a Union County veteran who was critically wounded in combat.

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SmartAsset a financial technology company based in New York, recently released a study on the places where people receive the largest tax refunds. According to its findings, tax refunds in Union County ranked among the largest in the state.

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UNION COUNTY — County authorities foiled the distribution of methamphetamine and a “trafficking level quantity” of heroin en route to drug seizures and arrests.

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Gov. Roy Cooper raised the possibility Wednesday of lifting COVID-19 emergency rules regarding masks, mass gatherings and social distancing on June 1 if vaccination and infection trends remain positive.

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BOE to meet Tuesday, April 27

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UNION COUNTY — Through April 20, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 59,637 in the county have been partially vaccinated. The 24.9% compares to 37.2% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated. In the county, 45,734 or 19.1%…

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MONROE — Dandelion & Friends Mercantile (Dandelion) was born out of a friendship between two young women who quickly became friends last June. Hannah Harris and Karsyn King met at the Union County Farmers Market that month and by Nov. 7 they opened Dandelion.

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RALEIGH — On Monday (Apr. 19), North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh Stein called on OfferUp, an online mobile marketplace, to act immediately to prevent fraudulent or blank COVID-19 vaccine cards from being sold on its platform. The effort was said to be a continuation of a fight against u…

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KILL DEVIL HILLS — The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the National Park Service announced on Tuesday (Apr. 20) the launch of the first self-driving vehicle to be tested at a recreational public lands site in the nation.

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Monroe resident makes honor roll at SCC

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WAXHAW — Union County Parks and Recreations’ policies, related to animals, will remain unchanged after an incident occurred the day before Easter at Cane Creek. A dog ran from its owner and attacked a carriage driver and horse.